Gift or Inheritance – Does It Matter?

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

A person called into a radio talk program with a situation that was troubling to the caller and disturbing based on the potential tax liability that may have been avoided. The caller’s elderly father had deeded his home to his daughter a few years earlier because in his mind, his daughter was going to get […]

Temporary Buy Down

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

There is an infrequently-used mortgage program available that could be the solution to a buyer’s or seller’s problem. A temporary buydown is fixed rate mortgage that the seller has prepaid interest at closing to lower the payments for a number of years. The borrower must qualify at the note rate but gets the benefit of […]

Is Understanding Costing You Money?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

People tend to fear what they don’t understand. Homeowners understand fixed rate mortgages and remember the horror stories of people who lost their homes because they could no longer afford them when their adjustable rate mortgages went up. Interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages have be so low for enough years, that borrowers haven’t even given […]

Remember to Get Your Annual Credit Report

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

You are probably aware that Federal law entitles you to a free copy of your credit report annually by each of the three credit bureaus: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. By regularly looking at each of these reports, you can determine if there are any errors on them and be aware of your credit worthiness. Instead […]

Great Homeowner’s App

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Homeowners should recognize that the same trusted professional who helped them buy or sell their home can be a valuable resource while they own their home too. Think of your REALTOR® as an indispensable homeowner’s resource who can make recommendations about a variety of services that homeowners will use throughout the tenure in their home. […]

6 Reasons to Invest in Rental Property

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Rental homes have several distinct advantages compared to alternative investments. These advantages coupled with the opportunity for a higher yield make it a clear choice for some investors. Most investments must be paid for in cash. Stocks can be purchased with 50% cash but if the value goes down, more cash has to be used […]

Cut Mortgage Insurance

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Making additional payments toward the principal of your mortgage will do three things for the homeowner: save interest, build equity and shorten the term on fixed rate mortgages. These things should be beneficial enough to justify the extra payments but another huge advantage is available to those who have private mortgage insurance on their loan. […]

Things That Kill Your Credit

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Some people take their credit for granted and don’t start paying attention to it until they need it. The problem with this is that it could delay if not altogether cause the loan to be denied. The most common issue is not correcting items on your credit report. A large majority of credit reports have […]

Checking for Water Leaks

Monday, August 31st, 2015

An unexpected, larger-than-normal water bill could lead a person to think that they might have a leak. Before incurring the cost of a plumber, it is fairly easy to run your own test. Locate your water meter. They’re usually in the front of the house, near the street. In some cases, you might need a […]

It’s Hard to Imagine… Lower rate with no PMI

Monday, July 27th, 2015

With mortgage rates below 5% since 2009, you’d think any homeowner who should refinance would have already. However, it is estimated, there are approximately 6.5 million borrowers who would benefit with significant monthly savings by refinancing. Rodney Anderson of Supreme Lending, on his weekly radio program, described a recent pipeline meeting where they reviewed every […]